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SBD/October 29, 2013/Facilities
Rich McKay: Falcons Won't Back Off Elaborate Stadium Design Despite Rising Costs
Published October 29, 2013
TURF WAR: Tucker reports the Falcons "decided that their new stadium will have artificial turf, rather than natural grass." 360 Architecture Senior Principal Bill Johnson said that the Falcons "originally hoped for a grass field in the planned retractable-roof stadium but decided against it after a detailed 'sun study analysis.'" McKay said that plans to use the stadium for other events "complicated the idea of natural grass." He added, "We did everything we could to solve for a grass field." McKay said that if the city is awarded an MLS expansion team, it "would play on artificial turf." But he added that a temporary grass field "could be installed for events such as international soccer games that require it" (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 10/29).